Did Bipasha Basu cause Rana Duggabati-Shriya Saran split?

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 13:51 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: South superstar and Rana Duggabati’s girlfriend of five years, Shriya Saran has walked out of their relationship while Bips continues to deny having anything to do with their splitsville.

Shriya Saran and Rana Daggubati were dating each other for five years and they had kept their relationship guarded from public eye for the initial three years. Buzz has it that the two have parted ways.

Apparently, things started getting difficult between the couple when Rana and Bipasha grew closer while working in ‘Dum Maro Dum’. In fact, Shriya had learnt about the closeness between Bips and Rana, which made rounds during the shooting of the film.

Shriya had doubts and was almost on the verge of losing her trust on her man when news of Bips and John’s break-off confirmed her fears.

Talking to a daily, a source said, “Though Shriya and Rana never made their relationship public, everyone knew about it. It was understood that they would end up together someday. However, Rana started getting close to Bipasha and that`s when Shriya decided to end the relationship rather than wait around for him to outgrow his infatuation. Shriya and Rana are not even on talking terms anymore, even though she is still close to his family.”

However, Bollywood diva Bipasha Basu refuses to agree to any of the rumours doing rounds about her and Rana and said, "It`s preposterous! Surely a gimmick of some sorts. Rana isn`t even my 3 am friend as reported. God knows where all this is coming from... give me a break and some respect, please! Sometimes it`s tiring to know about your own self through papers. Bizarre! Rana is a newcomer who is paired opposite me just like Ranbir Kapoor was in ‘Bachna Aae Haseeno’ and Neil Nitin Mukesh was in ‘Aa Dekhe Zaraa.’ I believe in making a newcomer comfortable and have a rapport so our work is good together. When I was a newcomer, people made me comfortable by being nice and friendly. Why do people have to read into everything? I`m friends with Ranbir and Neil too, so is that wrong
as well?”